Did you always want to be a mum?
And I was so sure I would be a wonderful mum.
It was so much harder than what I could have imagined or expected.
Transitioning to be a parent is a HUGE step.
And one of the first lies of motherhood is....
You'll know what do. Your maternal instinct will guide you.
Well maybe if you had your children in a country where there was no social media, you didn't need to work and you had people around to take care of you after birth.
...and maybe you did...
...but you probably didn't....
So, why talk about motherhood myths and lies? Why does it matter?
The main reason is that when you carry the lies, myths, expectations it gets in the way of your actual experience.
It gets in the way of connecting with yourself - the mother you truely are - and then it gets in the way of connecting with your family.
Buying into other people's beliefs, listening to the things you 'should' be doing, does you NO service.
Learning to trust yourself, your rhythms, your children's rhythms is not always easy, particularly in this complex world we now live in.
There are however simple things you can do to start doing this, including identifying what beliefs, expectations, myths and lies you may be carrying around.
You can download the FREE First Step from Overwhelm to Calm or have a look at my new Live Your Best Life: The RoadMap to Personal Wellbeing Program for Busy Mums..
It's been far from a care free summer holiday this year. Instead we are facing a natural disaster the prolonged likes of which we haven't seen before in Australia
As a parent it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. I have included two resources in the email.
Firstly there is a video from me outlining some practical strategies, suitable for all children.
Secondly there is an article from Autism Tasmania which includes two social stories (for those of you for whom this applies.
Positive Young Minds reopens next week. If you would like to make a booking for you or your child to come in and speak about what is happening, or for any other reason, you can book online here
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.